Child posture correction is quite frustration if you don’t know what your are doing. Is there a simple way to help your child to have a good posture? One of the first things to do is preventing your child from adopting bad postures to start with. You have seen slumped or bad forward head posture in an adult and you know instinctively the posture doesn’t look right. One of my patients demonstrated poor posture while using his iPad during his chiropractic visit, definitely not a good example of a child with good posture. Even adults are guilty of assuming such posture while using their computers or mobile devices. This posture of the child sitting on one of my chiropractic tables is probably a very common scene in our homes today.
We had the privilege to help one of our pediatric clients, who was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and had poor posture. The child’s poor posture got to the point that he could not turn his head which is what brought him to our office. His symptoms were not being able to turn his head without pain, a form of child neck torticollis or wry neck in children.
Read his mother’s testimonial regarding her child posture correction at my blog.
Concept of Child Posture Correction:
Everyone looks at a problem from their point of reference. Could there be an underlying problem that led to his poor posture? Or did the poor posture come first which then led to his neck problem? If the underlying problem was nervous system asymmetry that led to his autism or poor posture, then restoring nervous system asymmetry or imbalance could improve both conditions. If the child’s posture is purely mechanical, why not just buy a child posture corrective brace to straighten the spine.
A neurological examination, orthopedic exam and posture exam were conducted. We will only discuss the posture analysis in this case. We used a patented Child Posture Analyzer to help us objectively measure the child’s current and post treatment progress.
Posture Analysis of Child Using Child Posture Analyzer (BEFORE TREATMENT):
Let’s take a closer look at the child’s postural exam. In the following images, you will see our Child Posture Analyzer’s photos of both before and after our child posture correction system. The two photos directly below show his posture before Treatment.
• Child’s head weighs approximately 2.0 kilos and is shifted 9.25cm forward.
• Based on physics, the head now effectively weighs 20.8 kilos instead of 2.0 kilos.
• Shoulders are shifted 4.33cm backward.
• Hips are shifted 4.91cm forward.
• Knees are shifted 3.32cm forward.
Any measurable deviation from normal posture causes weakening of the spine as well as increased stress on the nervous system which can adversely affect overall health.
Chiropractic philosophy directs us to first look at the spine and the brain. Hence, our goal was to restore asymmetry of the nervous system. Could restoring the asymmetry in the nervous system, also improve the child’s autistic spectrum disorder symptoms?
Child Posture Treatment Protocol:
Since the child had pain in his neck on turning, the goal was to help restore his cervical spine. The child received specific spinal adjustments and instructed to do home exercises once a week for just over a month. Treatment modalities included instrument and manual adjusting, cold laser therapy and exercise.
Posture Analysis of Child (AFTER ONLY 6 TREATMENTS):
Child Posture after Treatment (6 weeks). We rechecked his results. The child’s mother was so excited and delighted with her son’s progress and she gave her consent to share her son’s progress with our readers.
• Child’s Head is shifted 0.29cm right, and is not tilted.
• Shoulders are shifted 0.36cm left, and are not tilted.
• Ribcage is shifted 0.22cm left.
• Hips are shifted 2.46cm left, and are not tilted.
• Child’s head weighs approximately 2.0 kilos and is shifted 4.05cm forward.
• Based on physics, the head now effectively weighs 10.2 kilos instead of 20.8 kilos before treatment.
• Shoulders are shifted 5.35cm backward.
• Hips are shifted 7.22cm forward.
• Knees are shifted 2.89cm forward.
Good posture corresponds to function. The body is designed to have the head, rib cage, and pelvis perfectly balanced upon one another in both the front and side views. If posture is deviated from normal, then the spine is also deviated from the normal healthy position. Unfortunately, abnormal posture has been associated with the development and progression of many spinal conditions and injuries including: increased muscle activity and disc injury, scoliosis, work lifting injuries, sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel symptoms, shoulder and ankle injuries as well as many other conditions.
Additionally, postural abnormalities in the adolescent years have been recognized as one of the sources of pain syndromes and early arthritis in adulthood. Therefore, posture should be checked and corrected in children before more serious problems can occur.
We thank the parents of the child for permission to allow us to use his story. Their hope is that other children will find natural solutions to a frustrating problem that is difficult to resolve with conventional treatments. Our prices for children are affordable for children below 12 years of age (excluding consultation and examination). Don’t wait until things get worse. Call Cassandra at 6475-2646 to set up your appointment for your child now.